Sunday, October 04, 2009

Happy World Teachers' Day 2009

Monday, October 5 is World Teachers' Day 2009, a day on which we can celebrate and consider the importance that teachers play in our global society. Patricia Silver's letter to the editor in today's Toronto Star contains one of the most eloquent tributes I've seen regarding the role of music teachers in particular:
The teachers' contributions to the development and enrichment of the arts community is...a city and country full of amateur and professional musicians who create a cultured society, attend concerts, lobby for government arts support, pass on the music appreciation to their children and grandchildren, and overall, make us a better society.
More from UNESCO's World Teachers' Day site:
It is critical, during these difficult times, to seek mechanisms that protect the teaching profession. It is also crucial, despite the crisis, to ensure that investment in teachers is sufficient and proportionate to the demands made upon them. It is the teaching force with its knowledge, experience and foresight which can bring new insights to global solutions. Join us in celebrating this!

What are some of the qualities that your most memorable teachers have brought to you? How have they influenced your subsequent development?

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